Stephen G. Rae 

BA (Hons); BSc (Hons); FRSA

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Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, I studied for a BSc (Hons) in Botany from the University of Glasgow. My early career was in science and agronomy; working in Developing Countries on sustainable food production; and teaching AIDS Awareness in sub-Saharan Africa.

Upon returning from overseas I studied for a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Cumbria Institute of the Arts; then ordained as a Buddhist monk for a few years studying Buddhist philosophy and traditional thangka painting.

I returned to my art practice in 2011 and now concentrate on painting and to a lesser extent, sculpture. In 2016 I founded Bardsea-Green Films, we are now a group of filmmakers, folklorists and performance artists making sketch series, short films, and documentary. In 2016 I was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

Studying as a Bard with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids has morphed into the ‘Bard of Cumberland’ – folk tales of Cumbria and northern England. I also have an interest in folk horror and the occult, and the folklore of Scotland, Ireland, and Tibet.

I currently reside in Ulverston, on the edge of the Lake District National Park.